PMC Sheet ClayFor origami folders with a kiln, PMC Sheet Clay is FANTASTIC. Yes, you need a kiln. I have many pages here on how to use a PMC Kiln. The results are gorgeous! You start with a soft, suede-like substance. It folds softly, and it creases nicely. Then you fire it for 30 minutes and have a solid silver work of art!
First, you must have material to use that is ONLY for PMC. You do not want any contaminants on these surfaces. I have a rolling pin (plastic) and a red cutting board (plastic) that I use ONLY for PMC work. I don't even use it for other polymer clay work. You do not want any contaminants at all getting into your silver or gold clay.
In 2009 it is about $11 per tiny sheet of silver clay. It is about 2 1/2 inches square per side. If you are not used to making TINY origami, I highly recommend you practice for weeks before you start working with the actual silver sheet.
This is the sheet taken off the backing. The backing has a brown substance which I imagine keeps the sheet in place.
Here is a simple helmet I have folded. Folding this is like folding suede, but it creases more nicely than suede. It is a bit floppy. You have to be well versed in working with tiny edges.
Here's a comparison of the finished helmet with an originally sized piece of PMC Sheet.
Yet another comparison to show the size with an origami fish.
Here is a fish, a helmet and a crane.
Here is a flower. The "limbs" of it are floppy. Any floppy shape will need to be held up by vermiculite in the kiln.
Another close-up of the flower shape.
Once you get your shapes folded, it's time to fire them in your kiln!
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